USA TODAY Sports' Scott Gleeson breaks down the latest Ferris Mowers Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll.
SCOTT GLEESON: Taking a look at the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll, the last one heading into the NCAA Tournament, we're gonna see that Illinois has vaulted all the way to the number 2 line. They've leapfrogged Baylor. And the reason for that, they've won the Big Ten Conference Tournament. And, look, this team is peaking, playing its best basketball, going into March Madness. Its coach, Brad Underwood, is a National Coach of the Year candidate. This team is doing absolutely what it needs to be doing.
And then another team that's really just surging up is number 5, Alabama. The Crimson Tide have been playing excellent basketball, winning the SEC Tournament. And they're also peaking in March. They got a number 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
And then on top of that, you want to take a look at Loyola Chicago. The Ramblers have been playing excellent basketball, behind Cameron Krutwig. And this is a team that can really go far. It could be a Cinderella in March Madness. They have improved, big-time, in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll.